Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hello Friends

Well, we decided to take the plunge and move over to blogger, until we can get all our content moved over, please head over to to find out about our past.  Until then, we will work out the learning curve with blogger and you will now see us here.



Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Welcome to the transition.

Dear readers,

Thank you so much for being patient with us through a cross country move that seems to have taken 3 months to get settled in.  We are well on our way to bigger and better things.  We have decided to move our blog to blogger since it works better with all the google stuff we have going.  We are having some technical difficulties in transferring all our old data over, but from now on we will be posting on Blogger.  Please come over and visit @  Please become one of our followers so that you don't miss out on any post.  We will also keep you posted as to when the transition is complete.





Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Fun Exit

Well sign that is.  I was at Habitat for Humanity a couple of months ago and came across some fun signs.  Hard hat area and this Exit sign.  The hard hat area is going in our workshop.

exit sign

I originally planned to put it above my back door, but it looked so unnoticed so I decided to place it in the wall of my laundry mud room (the arrows lead to the back door so it works).

Anyhoo...something about it up there solo was just not enough, it needed some pizzazz.  Nothing a light kit couldn't fix.

There is the perfect space for a snap on light kit in the back.

snap in socket

back of exit sign

so I snapped it in

up on the wall and voila!

exit light

Looks great during the day too.

exit sign

Totally fun and different.  Now I must find more signs to add to my collage.



Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Laundry Folding Table At Last

If I could pick something that has been on my wish list since the twins were born it would be a laundry folding station.  Unfortunately our laundry room in Cincinnati was teeny tiny so it would've required stacking our washer and dryer.

Here is how our laundry folding station happened.  I was at Ikea looking for a butcher block style counter top.  The cheapest one was $39.99, which I was ok with until I found a varde freestanding dishwasher cabinet which has a butcher block top on clearance for $49.99.

ikea varde dishwasher cabinet

 Well, I knew eventually I would want to find something for the random space between my washer and dryer (some weird old house plumbing situation).  I thought to myself,"for 10 bucks more I've got a stand for a solution).  Now for a countertop.  Well, since I was planning to use the butcher block for something else, I had to find a countertop.  I'm sure I would've easily found  something in the as is section, but a non scratch and dent  pragel countertop on clearance for $19.99 in the kitchen section.

ikea pragel countertop

We didn't even have to cut it, just moved the dryer over a little more to make it fit.

laundry room counter

Now we have space for dirty laundry on rollers and our trash bins.  I now have to shop for the perfect trash cans on rollers, one for trash and one for recycle.  Any suggestions?

Special thanks to Elaine and hubby for helping put this together.



Monday, November 21, 2011

Super Simple Ceiling Fan Drum Shade

I have been wanting to fancy up a ceiling fan with a drum shade forever.  I had planned on doing it when we lived in Cincinnati, but my husband never got around to putting the ceiling fan up in our master bedroom.  Well, our rental just happens to have one up in the master so I took when I got my opportunity I ran with it.

I was taking a stroll through Ross the other day and I saw 2 beautiful large lamp shades, both greige, but one lighter and darker.  Why I didn't buy both I just don't know (you can never have enough drum shades).  Well, part of the reason was that neither one of them was marked with a price, so I actually didn't know how much they were so I only took one up to the register.  Lucky for me Ross just goes and grabs something similar when finding a price and the one they found was $5.99.  SCORE!!!

Now off to the task of actually getting this thing on my ceiling fan.  The best tutorial I found was at Thrifty Decor Chick.  You can head over there and read it, she does a great job at explaining it all.  Doesn't hers look great?

Thrifty Decor Chick Ceiling Fan

So off to Home Depot I went to find the parts I needed.  The "threaded connector" ( I will wait for you to go get one so you know the spam real word she was talking about, I laughed when I saw it).  I also got a package of couplings.

Here is what the fan looked like before.

and here is the fan after

ceiling fan drum shade

Now my bedroom is nowhere near ready for a reveal, so bear with me.  At least you can see how the fan looks in the room.  My  comforter is from Home Goods in case you were wondering.

Home Goods Comforter

vintage chandelier lamps

So this ceiling fan cost project cost me a total of $16 if you include the crystal pull I bought to replace the one that was missing when I moved in.  Not bad if I say so myself.



Monday, November 14, 2011

Our Day At the Rose Bowl Flea Market

Well, yesterday was our first time we ever sold at a flea market.  We wanted to do it so we could see what all the buzz was about.  Our day started bright and early at 5am.  First came coffee than we headed out.  We arrived about 6.  We had a 14" Uhaul to unload.  Although anticipating that it could rain the day actually turned out quite gorgeous.

Here are some shots of our space.
Rose Bowl Flea MarketWe threw some vintage clothes and shoes in the mix while we were at it.

Decorating Insanity at the Rose BowlHere is Elaine showing off our sign

Decorating Insanity Pasadena, CAHere we are taking in some good ol California Sun

The Vintage Chicks Pasadena, CAA close up of some of our new pieces

French provincial nightstand

Barnwood Deskand here is Elaine at the end of the day, waking up at 4 am doesn't suit her well.

flea market

All in all it was a fun, but exhausting day.  Will we do it again?  I don't know, guess we will just have to wait and see.



Thursday, November 10, 2011

Introducing Our Little Bungalow

Oh my goodness, with all the chaos lately I realized I haven't even introduced you to my new house.  She is cute.  2 good size bedrooms, a formal dining room, an eat in kitchen, and an indoor laundry room.  Did I mention the 2 car garage?  What more could a girl want?

There is so much to do.  I still have sheets as curtains, but it will all come together in time.  I adore the large front porch.

craftsman bunglaowThere are some beautiful maple trees that I can see out of my bedroom window.  Its a wonderful thing to wake up to in the morning.

maple trees

It's a little house, but its got all we need and the location is wonderful.  We love it.



Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Little Red School Desk

I would love to be showing you a picture of a completed ginormous dining table right now, however, that project turned out to be an epic fail.  Painting and glazing the base was wonderful, but when we got to the top it was uncooperative.  The glazing wasn't working and we kept getting a random breeze that brought in dust particles.  So we decided to put it away for now and wait til the weather cooperated a bit so that we can finish it.

Moving on....

We got the cutest little desk last week and just had to finish it.  It was all inspired by this beautiful paper I picked up on Sunday.  Red and white and birds.  LOVE IT!!

We've been priming in gray lately because we love the finish it leaves when you start distressing.  This colonial red color went perfect with the paper.

Red Desk

Isn't the paper super cute?

Red Shabby Chic Furnitureand this is what it looks like in the sun.

red desk

This desk will be at the Rose Bowl Flea Market on Sunday.  Come visit us at space 3586. Please excuse my mess in my garage, still trying to get settled into our new place.  Which reminds me, I still haven't shown you my house.  Come back tomorrow to sneak a peek.



Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sneak Peek of Ginormous Dining Table

Oh boy.  We have been working on this ginormous 12 seater Hollywood Regency style Dining Table for days, but it seems like weeks.  Both of us are so sore from bending and detailing, etc.  The good new is that we should have it completeted in another day or so.   We wanted to give you a sneak peek, can't wait to show you the end result.

Hollywood Regency Pedestal Table